Britannia Beach residents are being asked to take a few precautions on Friday (Dec. 20) in preparation for B.C. Hydro’s switch back to the hamlet’s main power substation after a month’s worth of maintenance work on the station.
For the past few weeks, the hamlet has been powered by a mobile substation that was installed to provide service while crews performed maintenance on the high-voltage transformer at the Britannia substation, officials said in a statement issued on Monday (Dec. 16).
The mobile station receives 60,000 volts of power from the overhead transmission line and then feeds the load at 25,000 volts to the underground distribution system, officials said. A grounded fence and security personnel have helped protect the public from the high-voltage equipment, they said.
On Friday from 7 to 10 a.m., electricity service to Britannia Beach homes and businesses will be interrupted as crews switch the community back over to the main substation, B.C. Hydro spokesman Will Mbaho said. Residents and business owners are asked to turn off all lights and unplug all electronic equipment before the scheduled outage. Power will be restored as soon as possible, he said. For more information, visit www.bchydro.com/outages or www.bchydro.com/mobile on mobile devices.